Amtrak has proposed installing fencing along the railroad tracks at eight locations between Rhinecliff and Stuyvesant. The proposal for the project can be read here. A public comment period began on March 14 and continues until March 29 at 4:30 p.m.
For the people of Germantown, where three of the eight sites are located, this new proposal is reminiscent of 2001, when CSX abruptly closed an access road leading to one of the town's three riverfront parks and the boat launch, and there was fear that all the grade crossings would be closed. In 2001, Germantown fought to preserve access to the river and, in a David and Goliath battle, won. Now, seventeen years later, Germantown residents are preparing once again to fight for their access to the river. A meeting to come up with a plan to resist this latest impediment to river access is planned for this Sunday, March 18, at 9 a.m., at Germantown Town Hall, 50 Palatine Park Road. The meeting will focus on the impact of the proposed fencing on Germantown's shoreline, but residents from other locations where river access will be affected are welcome to attend.
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